to Gardez, 3-4 April 2005|
Forces camp at Zurmat
breakfast on the second day we joined a few HMMWVs leaving on a routine patrol,
then broke off to reach the small US Special Forces camp outside Zurmat. We
spent the morning there, the OMC-A officers evaluating food services, me walking
This camp is an operational base from where our Special
Forces (and probably CIA, Navy Seals, etc) go out and gather information,
conduct raids, arrest or kill the enemy, to include one day, we all hope, bin
Laden. It’s the type of
The US SF soldiers we saw at the camp all had long hair
and beards (if brown and blonde, not the Afghan black), and appeared to have
spent a lot of time in the gym. The camp includes some Marines and ANA soldiers,
and is probably typical of many camps scattered through the mountains of eastern
The Taliban threat is illustrated by another report from mid-April: “In Andar Ghazni, one of the bodyguards for the Police
We found it interesting that Zurmat camp’s shower and
latrine facilities were first rate, their mess hall cozy like a large kitchen.
When these guys leave camp, they really rough it. When they get back, they’re
entitled to a little pampering.
The Battle Update Brief at Gardez and the Special Forces
camp at Zurmat helped me better understand and value the mission in Afghanistan. I also saw more clearly the importance, if minor and in support, of my own job
back at CFC-A headquarters in Kabul.
A few miles later we saw more nomads in the fields, lying outside their tents, their sheep, donkeys and camels grazing on the new grass under a bright blue sky, many lambs, foals, and calves among them. Not a bad life, to be a nomad in the spring when the weather is good and your animals healthy.
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